Amos Claycomb’s January 1901 Diary

In January 1901 Amos Claycomb will turn 15.  He lives with his father, Frank Erwin Claycomb, and his siblings, Eleanor, Louise, George, and Edward in Sycamore, Illinois.  His mother, Anna Sarah Townsend Claycomb, died in 1892 when Amos was 6 years old.  

My Grandfather kept diaries most of his life.  I post a month each Monday.

Tuesday, Jan 1, 1901
It has been a nice day today.
I have staid home almost all day except that I took Louise up town this afternoon.
I sold George my air gun tonight.

Wednesday, Jan 2, 1901
It has been a nice day but pretty cold.
I went to school today.

Thursday, Jan 3, 1901
It has been a nice day today.
I went to school and walked home tonight.

Friday, Jan 4, 1901
It has been a very nice day today.
I went to school as usual.

Saturday, Jan 5, 1901
It has been cloudy almost all day.
I piled wood this morning and went skating down to the creek east of town.

Sunday, Jan 6, 1901
It has been raining a little today.
I went  [not completed]

Monday, Jan 7, 1901
It has been a nice day.  The wind is blowing pretty hard now.

Tuesday, Jan 8, 1901
It rained a little last night and has been cloudy all day.

Wednesday, Jan 9, 1901
It commenced snowing this afternoon and is still snowing.  The wind is blowing and it is drifting.

Thursday, Jan 10, 1901
It snowed quite a little last night and then froze and now there is fine skating or rather sleighing.
I drove up town tonight in the sleigh after Amanda who went to Chicago this morning.

Friday, Jan 11, 1901
It has been snowing almost all day and there is fine sleighing now.
We went to school in the sleigh.
I had a tooth filled after school and also had my teeth (filled) cleaned.

Saturday, Jan 12, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I piled wood this … morning and went up town this afternoon for a little while.

Sunday, Jan 13, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I went to Sunday school.
George and Edward went to church tonight.

Monday, Jan 14, 1901
It has been melting all day and the sleighing is almost all gone.

Tuesday, Jan 15, 1901
It has been a nice day but has been melting all day.
Louise went up to a girl’s house for a little while tonight.

Wednesday, Jan 16, 1901
It has been colder today and the wind has been blowing hard.

Thursday, Jan 17, 1901
It has been cold and a raw wind has been blowing all day.
I walked home from school tonight.

Friday, Jan 18, 1901
The wind has been blowing hard all day.
I went skating on some ice near the barn tonight.

Saturday, Jan 19, 1901
It has been blowing hard all day.
I piled wood this morning and then went skating on some ice near the house.  I also went skating there this afternoon.

Sunday, Jan 20, 1901
It has been a nice day today.  The roads have thawed quite a little.
I went to Sunday school.

Monday, Jan 21, 1901
It has been a nice day today.  The roads were pretty muddy this afternoon.

Tuesday, Jan 22, 1901
It has been a nice day but a little colder than yesterday.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 1901
It has been a nice day.
Papa went into Chicago today.

Thursday, Jan 24, 1901
It has been blowing hard all day and it has been colder.
Eleanor has some company out tonight.

Friday, Jan 25, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I got a new pair of shoes this afternoon.

Saturday, Jan 26, 1901
It snowed here most of the forenoon and I shoveled off the walks this afternoon.
Mrs. Hill came back tonight.

Sunday, Jan 27, 1901
It has been a nice day today.

Monday, Jan 28, 1901
It has been a nice day but very cold.
Mrs. Hill has commenced teaching us singing lessons.

Tuesday, Jan 29, 1901
It has been snowing all day.
It is my birthday today.  I am fifteen years old.  I got a book and a watch from Grandma.  The watch used to be Grandpa Townsend’s.  Edward gave me some money.

Wednesday, Jan 30, 1901
It has been a nice day.

Thursday, Jan 31, 1901
It has been a nice day.
I walked home from school tonight.

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